Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > How long in the primary?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-31-2007, 01:29 PM   #1
Turkeyfoot Jr.
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Turkeyfoot Jr.'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 364
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default How long in the primary?

I brewed a Belgian Tripel this past weekend, it's been in the primary about 5 days now. The recipe I used didn't give any details for how long to leave it in the primary. Normally I'd rack it this Saturday or Sunday but it still has a good bit of foam on top of the beer and the airlock is bubbling away still. All that could change in the next day or two but if it doesn't should I rack anyway or wait till the activity subsides a bit more?


__________________
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Bottled:
Kegged: Turkeyfoot English Mild
Turkeyfoot Jr. is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2007, 01:35 PM   #2
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,672
Liked 141 Times on 134 Posts

Default

Wait for 3 of 4:

A week
Krausen falls
No airlock activity
Target gravity

Five days is too soon for a Tripel


__________________
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk
david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
jvh261
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jvh261's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lyons, Illinois
Posts: 417
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

I'm brewing a Belgian Tripel this weekend and when I picked up the ingredients the guy at my LHBS recommended going a little longer than a week in primary. I figured on checking gravity at 7 days and everyday after and rack once it stays the same for a few days.
__________________
Primary: Zombie Dust clone
Brewing Next: Jamil's Evil Twin, SN Celebration Ale clone, Russian Imperial Stout w/ bourbon soaked oak chips
Kegged: Zombie Dust clone, Centennial IPA
jvh261 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
Turkeyfoot Jr.
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Turkeyfoot Jr.'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 364
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thanks for all the feedback guys. I'll take a reading Sunday and see where the gravity is and go from there.
__________________
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Bottled:
Kegged: Turkeyfoot English Mild
Turkeyfoot Jr. is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2007, 01:20 PM   #5
Turkeyfoot Jr.
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Turkeyfoot Jr.'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 364
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Well, I didn't bother with the reading since the airlock is still bubbling every 15 seconds. I'm assuming with that level of activity the beer should stay in the primary for a while yet. For comparison, I timed it yesterday and the bubbles were every 9 seconds. Should I wait for complete inactivity in the airlock? What if it bubbles only every 3-4 minutes?
__________________
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Bottled:
Kegged: Turkeyfoot English Mild
Turkeyfoot Jr. is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2007, 01:26 PM   #6
Schlenkerla
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Schlenkerla's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Decatur, Illinois
Posts: 6,461
Liked 113 Times on 89 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default How Long in the primary

I've gone 14 days with ales and as much a 21 with lagers and I've had no bad side effects.

Its no big deal if you are in the right temp range. Going a little longer lets the yeast drop out more, makes for clearer beer from the 2ndary to bottling bucket.

RDWDAHB -
__________________
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. - Dale Carnegie

BS Nano-Brewery

|Myeast 50327|Easy Hop Oast|Smoked Homebrew|
Schlenkerla is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2007, 12:23 AM   #7
Criniit
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 29
Default

How did it turn out?
__________________
Every man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
-H.L. Mencken



Primary-
Secondary-
Bottled-Amber Ale, American Pale Ale (First Brew)

Check out my new site Cooking site.It is for the beginner and experienced alike in the kitchen! It runs through the basics of cooking and how to navigate the kitchen.
Criniit is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2007, 05:01 PM   #8
badnaam
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 41
Default

I have a quadrupel (OG 1.082) bubbling for 23 days. There is a bit of foam at top, the FG is still at 1.024 and the beer is pretty cloudy. Not sure how long I will have to keep it in the primary (I don't have any secondary).
badnaam is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 01:59 AM   #9
Turkeyfoot Jr.
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Turkeyfoot Jr.'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 364
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I don't see any activity in the airlock, watched for maybe 5 minutes, but there's still a thin layer of bubbles ringing the carboy and every now and then a new bubble floats up to join them. It's been in the primary now for 9 days. The beer's also very cloudy from what I can tell. Kind of hard to see since it sits on the bottom shelf of my brewing area in the basement so I can't get a good light behind it. I think I'm going to leave it till this weekend and rack it either Saturday or Sunday.

badnaam, guess mine technically would be considered a quadrupel as well. The OG was 1.084 if I recall correctly, don't have my notebook in front of me. The recipe I used called for a OG of 1.074ish but also had 1lb. of dark LME. I wanted a lighter tripel so I went with amber LME and my LHBS doesn't sell amber in bulk so I had to buy a 3.3lb. can. Oh well, should make for a great beer either way.


__________________
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Primary: EMPTY!
Bottled:
Kegged: Turkeyfoot English Mild
Turkeyfoot Jr. is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How long is too long for Belgian Strong Ale (1.072) in Primary? redalert Fermentation & Yeast 19 03-20-2010 02:57 AM
Left in primary too long, how long in secondary? BrownAle4Me Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 10-15-2009 07:54 PM
How long in primary? Orfy All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 24 01-17-2007 12:25 PM
How long is to long for Primary Fermentation? Jwedel Extract Brewing 13 08-29-2006 04:14 PM
Long ferment, how long can it sit in primary? Lost General Techniques 2 11-23-2005 05:17 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS